Al-Qaida in Yemen claims deadly Florida naval base shooting

A general view of the atmosphere at the Pensacola Naval Air Station following a shooting on December 06, 2019 in Pensacola, Florida. The second shooting on a U.S. Naval Base in a week has left three dead plus the suspect and seven people wounded.
Posted at 5:26 AM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 05:26:56-05

PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Al-Qaida branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for last year's deadly shooting at the Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi aviation student.

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SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist websites, reported the claim Sunday.

The shooter was a lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force in training at the base. He opened fire inside a classroom, killing three people before being shot dead by a sheriff's deputy.

SITE reports that the video indicates the shooter and al-Qaida were in communication. Al-Qaida's Yemen branch has long been considered the global network’s most dangerous branch and has attempted to carry out attacks on the U.S. mainland.